Supporting our executive management team and our dedicated employees in Defining a Higher Standard™ of performance.
Western Forest Products is guided by a skilled board with deep experience and knowledge from a range of sectors complementary to our industry. With a focus on upholding the highest standards of corporate governance, Western’s Board of Directors is committed to fulfilling its duty of strategic stewardship and accountability to foster our long-term success.
Lee Doney has served as Chairman of the Board for Western Forest Products since February 2014. He became a Director in July 2004, and, from November 2008, he served as Vice-Chairman. A resident of Victoria, British Columbia, Mr. Doney is an independent consultant. He is currently the Interim President for the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat and the Chairman of the Board of Columbia Power Corporation.
Board Member and Independent Lead Director
Daniel Nocente joined the Board in May 2014 and was appointed independent Lead Director in 2015. A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Nocente sits on the Vancouver Coastal Health Board, where he is Chairman of its audit committee. Previously, he was Chairman of the Nature Trust of B.C., Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking with National Bank Financial, Vice Chairman and B.C. Geography Head with RBC Dominion Securities, Director and Audit Committee Chair with Canada Line Rapid Transit, Chair of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, Vice Chair and Director of Providence Healthcare, Director and Head of the Governance Committee of the Arts Club Theatre Company, and a member of the YMCA Cabinet.
James Arthurs has served as a Director of Western Forest Products since July 2004. A resident of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Mr. Arthurs is President and Chairman of Cummins Westport, a supplier of natural gas engines for commercial transportation applications such as trucks and buses. He has also served as Vice President of Cryogenic Systems for Westport Innovations, as Managing Partner for i3 Transition Partners, as Senior Vice President of North American Operations for Integrated Paving Concepts and as Managing Director, Operations, for The Jim Pattison Group, one of Canada’s largest privately held companies. Mr. Arthurs holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.
Jane Bird has served as a Director since August 2015. A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Ms. Bird is a Senior Business Advisor for Bennett Jones LLP, focusing on complex public and private infrastructure initiatives. With Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development, she oversaw the renewal of Canada House on Trafalgar Square. She was also CEO of Columbia Power Corporation and CEO of Canada Line Rapid Transit, responsible for the $2-billion, 19-km line connecting downtown Vancouver with the Vancouver International Airport. Prior to her career in infrastructure, Ms. Bird practiced law. She is a Director of Global Container Terminals and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Michael Waites joined the Board in November 2014. A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, he also serves on the boards of Repsol Oil & Gas Canada and HudBay. Mr. Waites was President and CEO – and, earlier, Executive Vice President and CFO – of Finning International for five years, retiring in 2013. He has also held senior positions with Canadian Pacific Railway and Chevron Canada Resources. Mr. Waites has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Calgary, a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College (California), a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary, and has completed the Executive Program at the University of Michigan Business School.
800 – 1055 West Georgia St.
Royal Centre Building
PO Box 11122
Vancouver, BC V6E 3P3